Branch J172: QinetiQ

QinetiQ J172

A Framework of Co-operation Agreement between QinetiQ and Prospect/Unite unions was concluded in June 2016 following informal exchanges and meetings over a number of months. The Agreement re-established formal relations between Prospect and the Company, which had been severed on 31 March 2012 when the Company terminated trade union recognition and all collective agreements.

The Framework Agreement acknowledges the “professional knowledge and unique perspective that Prospect are able to provide on employee relations matters”, and re-establishes facilities for internal communications with members in QinetiQ.

In January 2017 further discussions took place with QinetiQ on extending the Framework Agreement following the success of the initial six month period and in July 2017 agreement  was reached on an extension of the Framework Agreement.

Prospect continues to provide direct advice, support, and representation to individual Prospect members and under the extension of the Framework Agreement will now have regular quarterly joint meetings with the Company on company issues, but not under collective bargaining.

The QinetiQ Branch Council has continued to meet regularly since de-recognition in 2012, and under the new extended Framework Agreement will have the facilities to meet on site in company time prior to the proposed new quarterly conference meetings with the Company.

Branch news

Prospect members will leaflet QinetiQ employees arriving for work on Friday 18 October outside the company's Aberporth and Pendine sites, as part of a UK-wide campaign to win a voice back within the defence technology company.

Prospect has asked defence contractor QinetiQ to delay the closure of its pension scheme to allow discussion on new government proposals which would strengthen the case for keeping the scheme open.

QinetiQ's case for closing its defined benefit pension scheme to future accrual is deeply flawed, Prospect said in response to the company's consulta­tion at the beginning of October.

In a new setback for staff, QinetiQ has announced that it intends to close its defined benefit pension scheme to future accrual. The defence research company launched a 60-day consultation in October.

The privatised company that provides scientific expertise to the Ministry of Defence has been accused of union-busting by Prospect after it terminated recognition for all unions on 31 March 2012.